The Court of Justice of the European Union has handed down a ruling that may significantly affect owners of databases of information who wish to restrict how their data is used and those who make use of such databases. In this briefing, Shoosmiths reports on the implications of this judgment.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 28 January 2015 | Practice Area: Databases
In 2013, Rihanna took legal action against Topshop and its parent company for using an image of her on a T-shirt, and succeeded with her claim of passing-off. The Court of Appeal has now ruled that the High Court judge who decided the case was correct to side with Rihanna, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 January 2015 | Practice Area: Passing Off
New regulations coming into force on 31 January will simplify the requirements relating to company and LLP names. The new legislation reduces the regulatory burden surrounding company names and provides more flexibility on the types of names which can be registered, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 January 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration
The 'Fit for Work' service launched, on a phased basis, on 15 December 2014 to offer impartial advice to employers for dealing with long-term sickness absence. The Department for Work and Pensions has now published guidance for employers using the Fit for Work service, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 January 2015 | Practice Area: Health and Safety
As of 1 January this year, there has been a major change to the EU VAT rules which will affect businesses established in the EU and that supply digital services to end consumers located in other EU jurisdictions. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the steps businesses should take.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 January 2015 | Practice Area: VAT and Sales Tax
In a recent case, the High Court was asked to consider the business interruption losses resulting from a fire at the now-famous Sugar Hut club in Essex. The fire took place in 2009, not long before the venue took centre stage in popular TV programme 'The Only Way is Essex', as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 December 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Insurance
As Christmas approaches and another year draws to a close, Shoosmiths looks back at some of the most notable employment law cases of 2014, covering a range of subjects including holiday pay, the right to time off for dependants, and the importance of adequate redundancy procedures.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 December 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement
A Blackpool hotel recently hit the headlines for 'fining' a couple £100 for posting a scathing review on TripAdvisor, in breach of a 'no bad review' clause in its terms and conditions. So can businesses include in their terms and conditions a 'gagging' clause? Shoosmiths investigates.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 01 December 2014 | Practice Area: Defamation
The dispute between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Interflora has taken a new turn, with the Court of Appeal overturning the previous High Court ruling that M&S had infringed Interflora's trade mark rights in its name by purchasing and using it as a Google AdWord, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 November 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks
The Richemont Group, owner of luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc, has secured a landmark website blocking order against the five main retail internet service providers in the UK. Shoosmiths looks the conditions a trade mark holder must meet in order to secure a website blocking order.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 November 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks
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